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The 2002 Chevrolet Malibu has the 3.1mfi engine which is not an interference engine. It has a timing chain and not a belt. It is an o.v.h. system with two valves per cylinder. I have replaced timing chains and have had the heads checked, with no damage to the valves.
No, you do not. A good idea would be to go to a parts store and pick up a Haynes or Chiltons manual for your car, they've helped me many times. Arguably the best $20 I've spent on my car. Hope this helps!
Check the lower radiator hoses for a leak and the lower part of the radiator itself for a leak. Also, check your engine oil level and make sure you don't have water in your engine oil. If you do, you have most likely lost one of the timing chain guides and the chain has worn a hole in the front cover of the engine or the block has cracked. Another possible problem location could be the water pump leaking at the forward seal.
Hello lmason: My name is Roger and I will help you. The engine in your car does not have a timing belt. THe engine has a timing chain. The chain is oiled by the engine lubrication. Therefore you do not need to change it like you would a timing belt. Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the answer. This way I know it was helpful Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger
That engine does not have a timing belt, it has a timing chain and therefore much easier to work with as it can only go on a certain way, the primary focus being getting the dots on the timing chain sprockets lined up properly.
I believe, with the engine at Top Dead Center on cylinder #1, the dots will be facing each other. That is to say, the do on the cam sprocket will be facing the dot on the crank sprocket.
bring the piston no 1 on the top position check the cam shaft si moving freelyon the outer side of the shaft there are 2 gear with 14mm bolts and 1 extra whole, put a long bolt in the empty space and try to turnthe engine the bolt will go further in the space than the timming is set put the chain on that should do